2020Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/24040
How to Win Elections in the Eastern Delta of Egypt: Towards the Idea of a Strategic Tribalism
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In order to examine the entangled notions of rural hinterlands and practices of future- and place-making, this article focuses on an episode from my fieldwork in Egypt’s Eastern Nile Delta in 2015/16, when I accompanied Tahawi Bedouins on their successful campaign during Egypt’s parliamentary elections in 2015. The aim is to shed light on the strategic use of tribal solidarity and patronage networks to mobilize supporters and voters. However, the same tribal networks and resources were also used to invoke and perform the necessary tribal unity when faced with a rural non-Tahawi population. The article develops two ideas, strategic tribalism and maḍyafa (guest house) ecology, to show the election campaign as an example of future- and place-making in a rural setting, whereas the specific constraints, possibilities and meanings embedded in the rural as a resource and a reserve unfold very differently, always reaching beyond romantic notions of the rural as remote.
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published first as (erstmalig folgendermaßen erschienen): Christoph Lange: “How to Win Elections in the Eastern Delta of Egypt: Towards the Idea of a Strategic Tribalism”. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie / Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology 145.2 (2020), Special Issue “Rethinking the Mediterranean”, pages 317–342. Die Zweitveröffentlichung dieses Artikels unter der Lizenz Creative Commons Namensnennung 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) erfolgte mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Reimer Verlags.